Night Riders

Squaw Valley, California

Remember when your après-ski choices were twofold: Bunker down or hit the town? Now there's no need to leave the mountain at dusk, not when resorts are offering miles of terrain after the sun goes down. Yes, it's cold. And often icy. But even if it's just to say that you skied for 12 hours straight (or 18 hours - check out New Hampshire's Crotched Mountain), these five resorts are worth reevaluating your evening plans for.

Skiable Terrain: 300 acres, including three lifts and two terrain parks, open until 9 p.m.
Why Go: High Camp's cafes, bars and Olympic Ice Pavilion, overlooking Lake Tahoe, stay open during nightskiing.
Best Trail: With its rolling pitch and sinewy 3.2-mile path, Mountain Run is perfect for intermediate night riding.
Events: Ski in the New Year with a Mountaintop New Year's Eve, with live entertainment at High Camp.
Price: $20; youth (13–18) $15; seniors (65–75) $12; children (under 13) $5; free with full-day ticket; 530-583-6985

Skiable Terrain:550 acres, including four lifts, open until 10 p.m. Sun.–Thu., 11 p.m. Fri.–Sat.
Why Go: Terrain - a whole lot of it. Skibowl offers the most nightskiing terrain in North America.
Best Trail: Reynolds Run, with its fall-line steeps and twists, is a nice challenge for advanced skiers.
Events: "Tele Tuesday" is the first Tuesday of the month, with nighttime demos, clinics and races.
Price: $25; children (7–12) and seniors (65–71) $19. Tuesday is Ladies' Night: $13 tickets for the girls; 800-754-2695

Skiable Terrain: 288 acres, including five lifts and a terrain park, open until 9 p.m. Wed.–Sun.
Why Go: Cruise fresh corduroy on Dercum Mountain while the sun sets over the surrounding peaks.
Best Trail: Spring Dipper, a blue on the frontside of Dercum, has the best views and smoothest snow.
Events: Watch fireworks over River Run village Jan. 19 and 26, Feb. 16 and 23, and all Saturdays in March.
Price: $47; children (5–12) $25 (last season's rates); free with full-day ticket; 800-468-5004

Skiable Terrain: 75 acres, including two terrain parks, open until 9 p.m. Mon.–Sat., 5 p.m. Sun.
Why Go: This mountain never sleeps. Nightskiing runs until 3 a.m. weekends from Dec. 28 to Feb. 24.
Best Trail: The terrain park has more than 15 features, including wire jib spools and five big jumps.
Events: Midnight Madness (weekends, Dec. 28–Feb. 24) features live music and a slopeside bonfire.
Price: 5 p.m.–9 p.m. $29; X-treme Midnight (5 p.m.–3 a.m.) $39; Midnight (9 p.m.–3 a.m.) $29; 603-588-3668

Skiable Terrain: 38 acres, including four lifts and one terrain park, open until 8 p.m. Tue.–Sat.
Why Go: Big White boasts big nighttime vert - 1,600 feet - so you can actually warm up during runs.
Best Trail: Have Big White's premier tranquil trail, the lengthy green Sun Run, all to yourself.
Events: A series of amateur rail jams entertain the nightski set on Jan. 12, Feb. 16, Feb. 23 and March 22.
Price: $28; children (6–12) $20; lift tickets are $5 every Friday night beginning in late Feb.; 250-765-3101